It all started when Capitán’s owner, Miguel Guzmán, died suddenly in 2006. A day after his funeral, Capitán ran away from home without any trace of him left behind. “We searched for him, but he had vanished,” says Guzmán’s widow, Verónica. “We thought he must have got run over and died.”
But Capitán didn’t get run over. In fact, while the family went to the cemetery the following Sunday to pay their respects to Mr. Guzmán, Capitán was sitting atop his grave, as if he were expecting him to turn up any minute. “Capitán came up to us, barking and wailing as if he were crying. It’s a mystery how he managed to find the place,” said Mrs. Guzmán. Apparently, Capitán had never been to the cemetery before.
The cemetery’s director, Héctor Baccega, says he and his staff have all started caring for the dog because he refuses to go home to the family. “He turned up one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master. During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies on top of the grave and stays there all night.”
Not even death will do them part.
Capitán refuses to go home to the Guzmán family. He has been keeping his deceased owner company for over six years.